The Parisian coach returns to the draw of his players at Amiens this Saturday, during the 25th day of Ligue 1.
At the Unicorn Stadium,
The match at Amiens this Saturday (4-4) : “We lacked concentration. It shows what mentality we played the last 23 games (23 games without defeat, all competitions, note). It missed today … It was too easy to strike and create opportunities (for Amiens). Three strikes, three goals … After, it was super complicated. The team showed quality, mentality and attitude to score four goals and completely overturn this match. We had 5-3 balls with Edi (Cavani) and Angel (Di Maria). But with their fourth strike, Amiens scored a fourth goal (11 shots in fact, including 5 on target, note) … OK. We can accept. The reasons are obvious. We were a little distracted, we lacked reaction. In the end, we showed a reaction, that’s very good, and in the end we have to accept the draw. ”
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Thiago Silva and Gueye not 100% physically : “No. Not at all. For Thia, it was enough to play 45 minutes, we decided before the match to share with Marqui (entered at halftime), same thing between “Gana” and Marco (Verratti). ”
Dortmund’s prospect after this draw : “Worried? No. Why ? Do you think it will be the same match in Dortmund? I’m not worried, I trust. I know what we did today, what we missed. It’s human. It may be normal. It was a complicated game, we were led 3-0, maybe it was a little too much. But we have shown our quality. I know I can trust my team. We can’t be worried after 30 difficult minutes … We have to talk about the mentality and the performance of this team over the last 23 games. Angry at 3-0? No. I was angry after the first goal, and about the first five minutes. After that, OK, we have to adapt … I tried to stay calm because this is not the time to be angry with a team which has shown 23 games … OK, things can happen. We don’t want it. But it’s a different context when you play two or three days before an important match. We started, in the first five minutes, forgetting to put the game on the opposing side, we played backwards, and we invited Amiens to attack, to strike.
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(…) The scenario not reassuring before Dortmund? And now ? Do I have to lose my head? It’s good for you, you can talk about doubts … It’s great for you. Not for me. No doubt ? I can never expect too much. I know what an effort the team is making not to lose. I know that for you and everyone it is normal that we always win and that we do not concede a goal. (Ironic) If we do it, it’s always because it’s easy, that we have the best team, the best players … And then, we do half an hour by not being concentrated, that shows that it can happen because it’s Ligue 1, there is quality. And now I’m constantly asked if I’m worried, we’re talking about problems … No. It’s life, it’s football. If you’re not focused, it can happen. We made 23 matches while being super focused. And the first time we are not, we take three goals. This is not a normal scenario. OK, I didn’t expect that. But neither did I expect a 4-0, 5-0 or 5-1. It was still possible, we showed a reaction, but a little late … We didn’t start strong enough, disciplined enough, focused enough. Nothing very important to discuss. If it happens once in 23 games, we can say that we have confidence. That’s my opinion.”
Thiago Silva, Marquinhos, Bernat and Gueye ready to start in Dortmund : “We have to decide on Monday or Tuesday. They are there. And it’s good. We have to decide if they’re ready to play a Champions League match. It’s also a question of pace and ability. And we acquire this ability after several matches, having the habit of playing, playing, playing. You don’t just have to be there. But they are different personalities, different characters. For some players it is possible and for others it is more difficult. We have to check everyone tomorrow (Sunday) and we will decide Monday. 11 in Dortmund? We have some ideas. Regarding the starters, it’s a decision of 14, 15 players in different structures. There are always things to think about. Change system in Dortmund? In my head, anything is possible (smile). ”
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Tanguy Kouassi, double goalscorer for Paris-SG : “We did some good things in this game too. Kouassi made an exceptional match for example. Great match. Very impressive. He has personality and quality. He shows it in a very difficult match. Mitchel Bakker did very well too. We wanted to control the match a little higher, control the counter attacks. But again, it shows more of the effort and quality that we’ve shown so far. Because if you are only 90% in all areas of the game, things like that can happen. In the last matches, it was not possible to concede three goals because we were 100% concentrated, always, in different contexts. This is the reason today. I am not happy about that, but I am not angry either. ”
Comments gathered at a press conference.